How Biometric Authentication Is Transforming the Security of Cloud Computing

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The rising use of cloud based biometrics is quickly becoming an indispensable part of businesses. (Photo by Timothy Muza on Unsplash)

The following guest post on the rise of cloud biometrics was sumitted by Jackie Edwards.

When you’re in charge of information security for your organization, the idea that employees can access information anywhere might make you squeamish. Yet, cloud computing continues to grow and is now an indispensable part of any business that wants to stay mobile. So, what can you do as a CIO to keep your data protected? Biometric authentication is here to add extra security to cloud computing.

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Introducing CloudApper: The Benchmark in Rapid Cloud Development Toolsets

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Introducing CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset that reduces development cycles, lowers costs, and removes the friction from identity management deployments. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

Back in the early days of the Internet, website content management was a bit more complicated. If you weren’t proficient in making modifications to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), chances are that you hired a professional who used a platform like Dreamweaver to upload content changes via file transfer protocol (FTP). The process tended to be cumbersome and often required the services of a professional which meant that you were at the mercy of their availability. Continue reading →

Secugen and M2SYS Partner on CloudABIS Biometrics Suite

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Secugen and M2SYS Technology announce a partnership designed to advance the adoption of the CloudABIS suite of biometric identification management solutions.

Today we announced a new partnership with Secugen to help customers using their fingerprint readers to accelerate their projects through the adoption of CloudABIS – a new suite of cloud-based biometric identification management tools designed to help lower the costs and remove the friction for authentication projects around the world.

If you haven’t heard about the CloudABIS suite, we have some exciting news to share. As longstanding pioneers in the biometrics industry with a strong track record of designing and developing innovative biometric identity management solutions that lower the costs and speed the adoption of this technology, M2SYS is pleased to now offer the CloudABIS suite that enables anyone in the world to quickly develop and deploy a highly scalable solution that avoids the risk, cost, and burden of the development time and maintenance so often required for these types of projects.

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Are Cloud Applications The Future of Biometric Identification Management?

Cloud computing is the future of our digital world. It is proven to be a more affordable and convenient solution to store and secure data. Biometric identification management technology utilizes cloud computing, rendering it more reliable and fast, freeing up resources, and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security.

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Cloud Applications. Source: Pixabay

There are reasons behind the increasing popularity of cloud applications in biometric identification management. These include:

  • Multimodal biometrics (a combination of fingerprint, palm vein, finger vein, iris, palm print, DNA, voice, and facial) are now widely adopted by governments, fintech, and private companies. Multimodal biometric deployments generate a lot of data which is expensive to store, risky to manage, and time consuming. Consequently, the cloud is an ideal candidate for multimodal biometric deployments.
  • Adopting a cloud biometric identification system enables you to be free of employing an in-house team to manage the system. It will not only save money but also help you to concentrate on your core business and competencies.
  • Considering smart spaces, access control applications, mobile applications, and ambient intelligence environments, cloud based biometric solutions provides you excellent deployment flexibilities.
  • In terms of speed, cloud computing is far superior to in-house, traditional biometric technology hosting environments. It also speeds up the workforce by reducing the system complexity of an in-house team.
  • You have the luxury of parallel processing capabilities in cloud applications where several people can work with the same data without any issues.
  • Cloud applications reduce the cost of buying infrastructure including hardware which is a huge burden to many startup companies.

Understanding that cloud applications are the future of cloud computing, you can let us know your opinion by voting in our latest poll on Twitter entitled “Cloud applications are the future of biometric identification management”.

8 Benefits of Cloud-based Biometric Identification Management

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Does the cloud offer distinct advantages when using biometric identification solutions?

Cloud computing allows you to get on-demand, convenient, ubiquitous network access to shared configurable computing resources such as storage, networks, servers, services, and applications. More and more businesses are moving and integrating their biometric identification management systems to cloud platforms because of the many benefits this brings. These include:

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Is Now the Time to Jump on The Multifactor Biometrics Bandwagon?

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Brent Whitfield. He is the CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc.

Multifactor Biometrics

Multifactor Biometrics

For many security and technology experts, the advantages of multifactor biometrics have been becoming increasingly clear as criminals and security gurus alike continue to pick holes in standalone biometric authentication systems.

Now, for the first time, serious financial forecasts have outlined the potential size of the biometrics market to global infrastructure protection up to 2020 – and it’s pretty big!

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Cloud-Based Biometrics Will Change the Face of Law Enforcement

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Photo: Biometrics in Science Fiction

Biometric technology, once exclusively used as a Hollywood prop, has since evolved into a practical, affordable technology used in many different capacities for both government and private enterprises.

Many new biometric identity management solutions are now leveraging the cloud, freeing up resources and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security. For example, our state-of-the-art cloud based biometric technology ePolice™ solution has the potential to completely change the face of law enforcement agencies around the globe.

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The Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Identity Management for Student Tracking

“With a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness, I arrived at the Lake view middle school where I planned to begin my career as a geography teacher. I was only 22 years old at that time and had just completed my grad course for teachers. I can still remember how well prepared I was for my first lesson, a good plan, an interesting topic… (climate change) I was full of energy and hope. After nervously and less than confidently entering in the sixth grade class the first thing I had to do was ‘ROLL CALL’. It took me almost 10 minutes to complete and I could not finish the day as I’ve dreamed. Did you ever track student attendance on a paper sheet during class hours? If yes, then you know how difficult and time consuming it is. Doesn’t it take the fun out of teaching? However, it doesn’t need to be this way.” – Susan Verhoff

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Photo: Attendance monitoring with manual roll calls

Susan Verhoff is an imaginary middle school teacher but this scenario is common for every teacher from charter schools to universities around the globe. The problem of paper based attendance records stretches not only to attendance tracking but also in admission, assessment, library, cafeteria, classroom, enrollment, facility, financial, and fundraising management – all which take a large portion of teacher and student time.  Teachers and administrative staff have to spend a lot of unproductive time to track these events. Continue reading →

How Mobile Banking, Biometrics, and the Cloud are Changing Financial Services

Before the electronic and computer revolution, banks and other financial organizations used vaults or safes with manual locking systems to protect valuables. Today, banks are looking ahead to more advanced technologies for asset protection such as mobile technology, biometrics and cloud computing to fight against theft and cyber-crime.

Technologies like mobile banking, biometrics and cloud computing are constantly evolving in the financial service and banking industry and as we sit at the start of 2015, it is time to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what is to come.

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